Teens tap into their wilder sides

Teens at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center are spending their summer making sculptures, creating artwork and making computer games. For information about this and other activities at the teen center, visit www.thousandoaksteencenter.com. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers CAREFUL MOLDING - Karla Mookoar, 15, works on her sculpture of a pig during a sculpting class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

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CAREFUL MOLDING – Karla Mookoar, 15, works on her sculpture of a pig during a sculpting class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers COMPUTER PROGRAMING - Instructor Charles Hacker helps Akhil Gutta, 11, on the computer during a computer game making class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

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COMPUTER PROGRAMING – Instructor Charles Hacker helps Akhil Gutta, 11, on the computer during a computer game making class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ART PROJECT - Matthew Leko, 13, works on his drawing during a cartooning class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

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ART PROJECT – Matthew Leko, 13, works on his drawing during a cartooning class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ART PROJECT - Instructor Janet Amiri, left, helps Lauren Hehr, 12, with her sculpture during a sculpting class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

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ART PROJECT – Instructor Janet Amiri, left, helps Lauren Hehr, 12, with her sculpture during a sculpting class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers KING OF THE JUNGLE - Sophie Katz, 13, uses a picture on her mobile phone to help her sculpt a lion out of clay during a sculpting class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

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KING OF THE JUNGLE – Sophie Katz, 13, uses a picture on her mobile phone to help her sculpt a lion out of clay during a sculpting class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers STAYING BUSY DURING THE SUMMER - Carly Durrer, 14, left, and Sophie Katz, 13, sculpt animals out of clay during a sculpting class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

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STAYING BUSY DURING THE SUMMER – Carly Durrer, 14, left, and Sophie Katz, 13, sculpt animals out of clay during a sculpting class at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on July 8.

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